I Rode My Bike Today...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by herzalot, Feb 17, 2015.



  1. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
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    Name:
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    I was able to squeeze in 9mi/1k' at Oaks this afternoon. Good to get out there, I've been going for walks and hikes with my wife and son between rides as well. I still have a lot of work to do though, to get back where I was just a few months ago.

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  2. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    So glad to see you back out there, @Cornholio :thumbsup:
     
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  3. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Rode itchi scratchy and webb yesterday with Killer Kurt. Did same ride Friday. Good chit! It was dreary and foggy then very humid, weird! Tried out the new wolf tooth oval. Very interesting. Really feels like you have power through the whole pedal stroke. No choppy cadence. Found I was riding a higher gear all the way.
    Steep and Chunky baby!
     
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  4. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    The Secret Society of Midweek Marauders completed the Santana Spectacular today. Which turned out to be a casual run up Holy Jim and over to Upper Joplin, Joplin, Cadillac. My usual Joplin route.

    It was great to see rossage alive and well, riding like no beats were skipped. It was the maiden ride for the Czar:

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    I wasted no time in getting acquainted, crashing in the very first rooty creek crossing of Holy Jim. Sheesh, I've done it successfully, like, a hundred times. And I test rode this bike at Turner. It was a completely lame start, albeit good in that, at that point, there was nowhere to get but better.

    And better it got. The bike is a 24.7-lb XC rocket with trail DNA. Firm, lively squish...great to be back on DW Link. Very nimble and smooth on Joplin, belying its short travel when letting off brakes. The technical riding felt well within the bike's capability, and all of it was dispatched handily. I never felt like the bike was overwhelmed. Balanced and comfortable – I can see this being the tool for big winter days, maybe with gears, maybe not.

    SS FS is an oddity but really fun in an evil way. The singlespeed drive's ability to retain the chain in the rough was completely unknown. I can say that, once dropping the business of Joplin, I never even thought about the drive. It worked as hoped – no dropped chain, no excessive slap, noise, play. Responded well on the punchy climbs.

    The cockpit is all scrounged from the parts bin, and will need some fine tuning as I figure things out.

    An incredible bike from our friends at Turner over in Temecula. Psyched to join my wife as a Homer, and the Turner trade-in program made it extra do-able. The new Flux has me thinking about upgrading the wife's Spot, hmmm...

    Bikes FTW!!! :thumbsup:
     
  5. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Oh yeah. No rocks were harmed during this production

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    Its was fun watching @mike crash his new bike 5 minutes into the ride but after that he rocked it. As I went down on a loose rocky section, the Czar rocketed around and floated above the carnage on its was to despot heaven. Bike is awesome. Had a great time, trails all to ourselves, on a fine SoCal fall day.
     
  6. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I rode my bike... At night! Black Star to Motorway... with @mtnbikej . 95 degrees when I pulled out of the garage. 90 at the tree farm. 60 by the time we got up to the doppler ball, and that's where it stayed. Perfect... The wind was blowing pretty well the entire way, but never so bad that it was a deal breaker.

    The mountains are pretty special at night, and we had them pretty much to ourselves. A couple riders headed down Black Star when we were headed up, and a small truck parked at the entrance to Motorway.

    I've been down Motorway three times in the last month, and it gets a little better each time... :thumbsup:

    25 miles and 4200 feet...

    The last of the light... Just before Hagador Peak
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    Corona
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    More Corona...
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    Roadies!
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    And the best thing about being out on the mountain tonight? We missed the debate and the Dodgers getting their butts kicked! Although, I suspect one of us may be a Cubs fan. :gag:
     
  7. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Congrats on the new Turner! Better that it was a late arrival? Overkill for the Divide?

    You have me eyeing up my old GT FS in the garage... Hmmm... Chain tensioner? Could be fun...
     
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  8. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Thanks, Steve! I'll just say that it would have worked on the divide. I can't ask for any better than the El Mar did, so yes, the late delivery worked out just fine :thumbsup:

    Re-cycling, why not? Tensioners are cheap, and fun to experiment with. Go for it! :)
     
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  9. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Yes, I rode last night.

    Blackstar to Motorway. I put out an invite.....y'all missed out on a perfect night out on the Main Divide.

    Yeah, it started out pretty breezy coming up Blackstar. However, once on Main Divide...it died down and was not an issue the rest of the ride. Temps did cool down up top, but remained comfortable. Motorway was fun as always. Oh, yeah...also cleaned 2 of 3 of my nemesis climbs along MD.

    We did choose to skip the extra credit to Pleasant's Peak...at the time the temps were dropping and we were a little concerned being out there in the cold. In hindsight, we should have hit it.

    The run down Silverado Canyon was a wind aided coasterfest. Literally did not pedal from the trailhead all the way out to the little climb between the church and the FS Fire Dept. about 1 mile from the end.

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  10. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo, Ripley & Tranny
    I've had a crappy week, er, let's make that month. Started off October by taking a tumble on the bike and banging up my knee. I was pretty much off the bike for two weeks after that. Work's been crazy and I've been putting in long days and the worst part is that we had to put our dog down last weekend. After 13.5 years, her body was just giving out on her. That's a long way of saying that I really needed to get out for a ride today. I was either going to throw the laptop out the window or toss the bike on the back of the 4Runner and hit some dirt. I chose the latter. I didn't even care that the temp gauge showed 98 at 2:00 when I jumped in the truck. Went and did a quick ride at El Moro. Pretty much had the place to myself. Felt good to get in a good sweat and clear my head. Unfortunately that meant that I'm back in front of the laptop right now, but at least I can watch the Dodger game while I'm working.

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  11. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

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    ^ I miss that view in the last pic... I used to occasionally ride a similar loop after work when I lived at the beach and would bring a bike to the office. Nowadays I bolt home to beat bad traffic and ride to Oaks.

    Oh, I also drive a 4Runner. :thumbsup:
     
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  12. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Another Thursday....another Blackstar Cruize.

    Temps were not as hot as the temp would indicate. It was very dry, but comfortable. Wind was there, but a non issue. Social pace on the way up. Neither of us pushed so the time was on the slow side. Dropping back down felt fast. Maybe we were fighting a headwind on the way up, so now we got the benefit of the tailwind. Thought we were gonna need lights. Turns out we beat the darkness by a few minutes. It is getting dark too early.

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  13. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    Trial run of the battery-free ride. Just me, my friend's bike, half a bottle of water.. no phone, lights, gps, nothing with a battery. If it comes down to it, a pacemaker will be acceptable, but that's about it.

    Rode fun side of Whiting-- down Vulture and Sage, up and down Sleepy Hollow, in and out Edison, up Concourse. Focus was on steady climbing and out-of-saddle descending. Followed a cool little bobcat for a short while on Vulture. :whistling:
     
  14. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Maple Valley WA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    YT Jeffsy 29
    With soccer season still going strong, Friday's have been my days for longer rides. Due to it being a HOT day today, I decided to keep local and spin rt from the pad. Up Monrovia canyon park to Rincon, to Pine Mountain, down Rincon and back home on the road down Azusa canyon. Temps were still pretty toasty most of the ride but not as bad at elevation and much of the ride was in shade which made it bearable.

    Rides like these are the precise reason why I got a hardtail and so far I'm stoked to be mixing it up this way.

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    Ran into a Bobcat! Nice!
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    Panorama of the Angeles Forest - Mt Wilson to the far left, Crystal Lake far right
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  15. bigringrider101

    bigringrider101 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Winnetka CA
    Name:
    Berni Avila
    Current Bike:
    Jones Space Frame Ti truss for
    Bobcat is looking at you like...
    Whatcha looking at butthead!
     
  16. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Maple Valley WA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    YT Jeffsy 29
    Haha! Exactly!
     
  17. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    ^^ The one I saw did exactly the same thing, like, "Are you gonna make me adjust my plans?"
     
  18. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Maple Valley WA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    YT Jeffsy 29
    Lol, He actually let me chase him for a bit but then had enough and bolted up the hill. :)
     
  19. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    No bobcat sighting... The last time I saw one was probably two years ago!

    A quickie on the Bell Trail out to Caspers Park with some extra credit above Dove Canyon and Robinson Ranch... 21 miles or so. It was hot... No matter what it is in Rancho, it will be 10 degrees hotter on the ridge. Garmin was up around 90 most of the way. :gag:
     
  20. Cougar

    Cougar Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Washington City, UT (near St. George)
    Name:
    Craig
    Current Bike:
    '14 Turner Burner
    Joined @herzalot at LCWP today... and it was a complicated ride. Chris broke a chain on the HAB rock thing on Lizards, and then I blew a figurative gasket going up Willow. I was going strong at the base, and then when it gets REALLY STEEP before it flattens out, I pushed harder (cause that's what you do at that part) and spiked my BPM to 195, with an average on that first part of 187. ... ... and then I was done. Couldn't get my HR down, and ended up just gassed. Got to the top of Fenceline/Missing Link and tried to take a small break, but I knew I was likely done at this poitn. Things weren't feeling correct and while I could have kept going ... well I'm not really training for anything, so why? So we dropped FL/ML and my HR spiked almost instantly and I knew that was it. So I waved good by to Chris as he went to do Rattlesnake and further, and I just headed back to the car.

    Always stinks not completing the plan you set out to accomplish, but listening to your body will allow you to ride another day :)

    It's always good to get out there with Chris though :)
     
  21. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    I get to ride to the shop to work....:( 4.5 miles of traffic each way in new-driver traffic...:eek:! At least I get to use my lights on the way home...:thumbsup:
     
  22. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Voodoo dudes day around here. Took Nick & Rusty for a short Tapia loop. Proud of Voodoo Jr & Voodoo doggy as they climbed up wayside to Junkyard no problem and we had no difficulties on the singletrack.

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  23. bigringrider101

    bigringrider101 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Winnetka CA
    Name:
    Berni Avila
    Current Bike:
    Jones Space Frame Ti truss for
    A HOMBRE killed a much hated hill, twice today. Does that make him BAD?

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  24. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    I rode my new bike today! Just a little shakedown run to dial in the fit. 8 miles and 1747' at a cruising pace. I'll put it through it's paces tomorrow. 20161022_114429-1600x1200.jpg 20161022_114446-1600x1200.jpg 20161022_114534-1600x1200.jpg
     
  25. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    "Ghost hunters!" I love it.
    Run Berni Run!!!!
     
  26. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Can you post some pictures?
     
  27. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Congrats!
     
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  28. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    @Cougar Gracias mi amoeba! And thank you for the SRAM Power link. My chain repair bits were stuck inside a zipper pouch that would not open. Other than fighting the zipper, we did a pretty quick and effective chain repair. I bought two Power Links, so I will give you one - oh wait, I bought 11 spd. Will that work?

    I felt pretty good climbing today because it was not humid. Not being drenched in sweat is either physiologically or psychologically helpful - probably both. After we parted company, I had a nice quick run down Rattlesnake - I love that trail, but I always crave more. Dropped down Mach 1, climbed I Think I Can and Moro Ridge back to Missing Link/Fenceline. At the end of said trail, I had more in me, so I headed down for a second lap on Lizard. Then the steep-ish climb up Laurel Spur and back to the top of the park for the third time. And ML/FL for the third time - then back to the car. 3200'

    I found a new line at the Camarillo turn. I saw it a couple of months ago over the rocks on the right, but somebody has made it a more obvious choice now with some dirt and rock-work.

    I was bummed that Craig could not complete his ride as planned, but the man knows when his engine ain't right.

    Regardless - bikes are fun! :thumbsup: :cool:
     
  29. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    That KOM means he's one bad hombre. Nice job.
     
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  30. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Great looking bike, but what kind of tires are on it? o_O

    MAXXIS I think. Where's the classic yellow Maxxis label?

    All kidding aside, it is a beautiful bike. :thumbsup:
     
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